Actually Wing Chun Martial Art is the best Martial Art!
As of today we may claim that Wing Chun to be the best choice as a martial art, but this may depend on the person who is choosing it so I will make a small general comparison in this article depending on the person choosing it. Why does a person learn a martial art? For self-protection and safety, for harming somebody who has hurt him or her, for health and well being, as a curiosity or as physical culture, to discipline one’s body. However, out of these reasons the one of harming others can be discarded as in all martial arts it is taught that it can only be used in two cases – to protect from violence by others on you or your loved ones or for the common good. For learning to practice physical culture it is experienced that Wing Chun is good for health in all senses of the word and all body systems. Whether you consider karate, jujutsu, judo, kickboxing as martial each has its benefits. But I would as a comparison argue why Wing Chun is the most popular.
- The jiu-jitsu and judo techniques are mainly dependent on the attacker’s stance, blows and body positions. That means if he is knowledgeable about these techniques he may defeat and also harm you.
- The Indian school of Kalaripayattu(short form Kalari) is a South Indian martial art originating in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in 3rd century BC to 2nd century BC. It uses certain times swords, spears etc. This does not suit the ordinary person. Also it has three sub-schools: Arappa Kayy, Pilla Thangi, and Vatten Thiripp. Attack, defence and a combination categorise these of these two. Thus it’s a bit different and what with weapons also involved, many do not prefer it. Also, it’s teaching is restricted to some regions of south India. So universal acceptance is not there. That is why it is not so popular.
- The Karate techniques have many subsets – though it is popular making a choice is a bit hard. Also the tough training does not agree with everybody. Karate is at present mainly a striking art using punches, kicks, knee strikes, elbow strikesand knife-hands (open-handed). There are other methods like spear hands and heel strikes too. In some styles variations are also there incorporating different styles. Local flavours also exist. So, the universal appeal is gone. That is why it has not come out favourite these days.
-Dr. Sonu Kumar Giri
As far as self-defence goes it has been with us since the stone age. As this skill evolved man realised the need to modify and specialise these skills to make it useful to all – irrespective of age or gender. One of the most popular self-defence system Kung Fu had a new avatar Wing Chun which is the latest popular form. With very subtle and powerful changes made in it to make it “everybody” friendly, and universally good for all. Let’s see how it became good:
- Most of the people’s awareness is just at the crude level. Most don’t think how awareness will help them in life. While training for Wing Chun stress is laid on spatial awareness. To judge your opponent, you need to judge distances and objects around you – how far away they are. Looks like an obvious thing – doesn’t it come naturally? Do we need to do it deliberately and train for it? Yes, we have to – we are incomplete without it. As you learn spatial awareness you also learn that how objects affect you and how you can protect ourselves from things moving around you, your reflexes become sharper, coordinated and more efficient, with the result that you are safe from sudden influxes of objects moving towards you. You learn to “see” with your body.
- Wing Chun is an excellent way to improve your posture. It needs for you to become posture conscious and maintain a stance out of habit and due to exercise. Earlier too, you were doing it but not consciously. Now in training you are doing it consciously and deliberately, through scientific practice. So, it just registers strongly in your mind and turns in your body deeply, so that it will be there all your life. A proper posture improves breathing and circulation, makes the spine stronger, steadies your body and balances the nervous system.
- Now nobody undervalues discipline in their lives, but neither anybody practices in this age of uncertainty and insecurity. It’s a need felt by everybody, but how to learn it? Wing Chun teaches you to get it in a fun way – you will enjoy it so much and realise its benefits that you will start wondering why you did not do it earlier. The exercises and movements make it necessary to be disciplined – you must do it regularly with the company of other learners. It becomes a routine which you go on to like it the more you do it.
- One more thing which appeals to everybody is that Wing Chun is logical and scientifically proven. The principles of mechanics and physics are the basis of governing most of the techniques of Wing Chun. Since it appeals to logic, it is easily understood and the thing which is easily understood is also very easily remembered. And then the training and its practical use also go like a breeze.
-DR. SONU KUMAR GIRI
Wing Chun India